Thursday, February 17, 2022

Marginalized Youth Caregivers In the Front Lines

 I just read this article from TEEN VOGUE which speaks about Black and Brown youth caregivers who took on the role of caring for relatives during COVID.

I learned a few shocking stats:
-They are disproportionately engaged in family caregiving roles (in particular girls and girl identifying youth)
-perform greater caregiving tasks in their home (while parents are working or ill from the virus)
Youth Caregivers are at risk for depression, anxiety compared to peers who do not have caregiving roles.
We need a federal Youth Caregivers Taskforce made up of:
-social workers
-representation from youth caregivers
Marginalized from society they need dedicated federal and state dollars to fund mental health counselors in every school and social services to support youth caregivers.

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